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Boot on Oxford and the FA Cup

5 November 2017

Ryan Boot has expressed his delight as Port Vale reached the second round of the FA Cup following an impressive victory over League One side, Oxford United.

Gavin Gunning and Tom Pope got the goals for the Valiants as they became victorious at Vale Park.

Boot also enjoyed his first home start of the season for Vale with a solid clean sheet and good performance in goal. Speaking to the local media after the game, the 22-year old says it is “brilliant” to be in the next round of the world’s most prestigious competition.

“It feels brilliant,” said Boot.

“We’ve worked hard and we thoroughly deserve the win. Oxford are doing well in the league, I don’t really look at where the opposition are though, so we just take it game by game.

“All the lads put in a great shift and we’ve come away with a win.”

After several weeks watching from the sideline, Ryan said how excellent it was to be back into the first-team picture as he picked up a clean sheet.

He said: “I’ve been waiting a long time to get back in-between the sticks and I hope that I’ve done enough to keep my place.”

With the draw approaching, and to be made on Monday – “Boots” does not have any preference as to who Port Vale will draw against, but is hoping that the draw can be in their favour.

“We take it game by game,” said Boot.

“With anybody, you have to put in a good team performance and a good shift in – it doesn’t matter who you play.

“I’m confident that we can beat anybody on our day.”

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